Lori Lightfoot makes history as Chicago's first African American female mayor

Posted on AllSides April 3rd, 2019
From The Left
elections, Chicago

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot took home the victory in Chicago's mayoral race on Tuesday, making her the city's first African American female mayor.

The 56-year-old political newcomer defeated Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, a 72-year-old former school teacher with nearly two decades of experience in public office.

The two Democrats took the lead in a crowded field of 14 candidates in the February general election to succeed two-term Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel was not seeking re-election.

Lightfoot, also slated to become the city's first openly gay mayor, will...

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